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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1997
The Orange County Republicans are bringing in former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed to lead the battle to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Aug. 17). You would think after losing two presidential elections where the Christian Coalition was a major force, the Republicans would have learned that for every vote Reed brings to their party, he drives away two or three of us who are not as "conservative" (narrow-minded, bigoted, etc.) as his army of Christian soldiers. RICHARD W. MERRITT San Juan Capistrano What surprises me more than young Christian leaders jumping into the political arena after serving God is your article which clearly states that Reed's Christian Coalition "distributed 45 million voter guides through 125,000 churches in the 1996 election season."
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February 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Conservative activists began a three-day gathering in the nation's capital Thursday with a clear mission — defeating President Obama — if not a clear sense of how to get there. Thousands have descended on a Washington hotel for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at a time when the race for the Republican presidential nomination has taken yet another unexpected turn. Mitt Romney seemed to have secured his position as the front-runner with convincing victories in Florida and Nevada.
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May 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Ralph Reed, the political consultant who helped mold the Christian Coalition into a national political force, is the new chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. "Last November, we ended the Clinton era. Today marks the beginning of the end of the Barnes, Murphy, Cleland era," Reed said after his election, referring to Georgia's top Democrats--Gov. Roy Barnes, state House Speaker Thomas B. Murphy and U.S. Sen. Max Cleland. Barnes and Cleland face reelection next year.
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February 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
If you want to hear the audience cheer at CPAC, just bring up the idea of a brokered GOP convention. One year ago, as a parade of would-be Republican presidential hopefuls addressed conservative activists at this annual Conservative Political Action Conference, their easy applause line was the idea of unseating President Obama. Now, at the start of a three-week gap between nominating contests, there seems to be relief that nominal frontrunner Mitt Romney's momentum has been stalled, and that the party's right flank holds the power.
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August 17, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ralph Reed, the man who spent eight years fashioning the Christian Coalition into a potent political force, will inaugurate his role as a Republican political consultant with the 1998 bid by Anaheim City Councilman Bob Zemel to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). Reed's involvement in the race is proof of the national interest in the central congressional Orange County seat, which Sanchez won in a stunning upset last year from entrenched conservative Rep. Robert K.
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February 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Ralph Reed, former Christian Coalition director, announced in Atlanta that he would run for lieutenant governor in 2006. Reed, 43, pledged to "work tirelessly" for Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and other party leaders. The current lieutenant governor, Democrat Mark Taylor, is expected to challenge Perdue next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1997
I'm sure the news in your Aug. 17 article about Ralph Reed entering Orange County congressional politics was a real hit in the head to many people! Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson can step aside. A more entertaining heavyweight rematch is shaping up in the 46th Congressional District election next year. An up-and-coming challenger for the Republicans, Anaheim Councilman Bob Zemel, is going after the reigning champion, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). Zemel's new corner man, Ralph Reed, is just the kind of guy to turn Zemel into another "Rocky."
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September 15, 2011 | By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
Silicon Valley, the politically liberal technology hub, is an unlikely incubator of conservative Christian activism. But a group of its venture capitalists is backing an ambitious project that seeks to affect the 2012 election by registering 5 million new conservative Christians to vote. The nonprofit organization United in Purpose is using sophisticated data-mining techniques to compile a database of every unregistered born-again and evangelical Christian and conservative Catholic in the country.
NEWS
May 31, 1995
Your glowing profile of Ralph Reed, the front man for failed presidential candidate Pat Robertson's political organization, glossed over the group's losing record on social issues ("Ralph Reed: Onward Christian Soldier," May 1). Reed intentionally obscures the Christian Coalition's core anti-gay platform because he knows that when mainstream Americans understand the group's divisive and discriminatory agenda, they reject it. In the midst of last November's Republican sweep, voters rejected Robertson's attempts to push his anti-gay agenda through state and local ballot initiatives.
NEWS
May 21, 1995
In your article on the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed ("Ralph Reed: Onward Christian Soldier," May 1) you mention, "He essentially apologized for anti-Semitic slurs made by Christian evangelicals." However, none of those preachers authorized any apology. Indeed, many of them still spread their hatred against anyone who has a contrary religious or political belief. The only true apology would be if Pat Buchanan himself said, "I was wrong and I should not have said such things." Pat Robertson should tell us, "Your beliefs regarding God, sin and social justice are as valid as mine."
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September 15, 2011 | By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
Silicon Valley, the politically liberal technology hub, is an unlikely incubator of conservative Christian activism. But a group of its venture capitalists is backing an ambitious project that seeks to affect the 2012 election by registering 5 million new conservative Christians to vote. The nonprofit organization United in Purpose is using sophisticated data-mining techniques to compile a database of every unregistered born-again and evangelical Christian and conservative Catholic in the country.
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February 25, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
When President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996, no state in the union had ordained same-sex marriage, gays and lesbians in the military were on official notice to keep quiet about their sexual orientation, and the gay-friendly sitcom "Will & Grace" had yet to air its first episode. Change has swept the country since then, a shift in public opinion so dramatic that advisors to President Obama figure he took only a small political risk in announcing that his Justice Department would no longer defend the 1996 law, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
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August 16, 2008 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
The John McCain campaign Friday reported its best fundraising month since the Arizona senator became the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee. McCain raised $27 million last month, the fifth consecutive month in which contributions have increased, campaign manager Rick Davis said in a morning conference call. The Republican National Committee reported it had raised an additional $25.8 million, giving it a total of $71.5 million.
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September 21, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Republican activists Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed have visited the White House more than 100 times since 2001, according to documents made available by the White House on Wednesday. The documents were released in response to litigation intended to make public the participation in White House meetings by people associated with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
OPINION
July 21, 2006
Re "Reed Loses GOP Bid in Georgia," July 19 Ralph Reed made a good living mobilizing the Christian right, ostensibly to bring "Christian values" into the political arena. His bread and butter were knee-jerk issues like stem cell research and abortion and hammering away at godless liberal Democrats. Apparently, however, he threw in with convicted fraud artist Jack Abramoff to grab $5.3 million from some Indian tribes in an effort to keep lucrative gambling spoils from other tribes. Lo and behold, what did Reed discover?
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July 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, unable to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, conceded defeat Tuesday in Georgia's Republican primary race for lieutenant governor. Reed was making his first bid for elective office after working for years as a behind-the-scenes campaign strategist and leader of the Christian Coalition and the state Republican Party. Opponent State Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1998
Pat Buchanan ("Conservatives: Heed Media at Your Peril," Column Right, Nov. 10) gives the befuddled Republicans one more excuse for the public repudiation of their recent effort to take over the country. It's the media's fault! But, of course. Why didn't I realize that? One thing it cannot possibly be is the reactionary conservative failure to get real. If the media are every scheming, duplicitous thing that Buchanan says, how come his drivel keeps getting printed? One thing Buchanan drives around is that those lumps under the blanket in the GOP bed are the talking heads: William Bennett, Gary Bauer, Ralph Reed and James Dobson.
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July 18, 2006 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
For former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed to succeed in his first bid for public office, he's going to have to pray for the help of voters like Norma Saunders. Saunders, 83, has heard about Reed's ties to Jack Abramoff, the disgraced Washington lobbyist. But, she said, she still plans to vote for Reed in today's Republican primary for Georgia lieutenant governor.
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February 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Ralph Reed, former Christian Coalition director, announced in Atlanta that he would run for lieutenant governor in 2006. Reed, 43, pledged to "work tirelessly" for Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and other party leaders. The current lieutenant governor, Democrat Mark Taylor, is expected to challenge Perdue next year.
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